Strike date set at Mount Allison University

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Faculty, librarians could hit picket line at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 27

The faculty association and Mount Allison University are far apart on several issues.

Faculty at Mount Allison University have set Monday as their strike date. Negotiations are set to resume on Friday. The two sides are far apart on several issues.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Students at Mount Allison University could find themselves caught in the middle of a work stoppage as early as Monday.

The Mount Allison Faculty Association has set a strike deadline for 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 27, in a continuing effort to resolve its dispute with the administration over the terms of the next collective agreement.

“At our last session at the negotiating table it became clear that our positions remain far apart. The administration is persisting with proposals that undermine collegial governance and increase administrative control over teaching and research,” MAFA president Loralea Michaelis said early Tuesday.

The sssociation, which represents 154 full-time and 56 part-time faculty and librarians, has identified workload and the need to provide greater support to the core academic mission of the university as its main issues.

Salaries, pensions and benefits for full-time as well as part-time members are also areas of contention.

During a strike vote that was held on Jan. 13 and 14, part-time and full-time faculty and librarians voted 86 per cent in favour of calling a strike if necessary.

“We had hoped that this evidence of member resolve would persuade the administration to take our concerns seriously. It seems to have made little difference,” Michaelis commented. “It will be difficult to withdraw from our classrooms and labs. We are committed to protecting our students’ learning conditions. This is why we cannot stand by while the administration erodes academic freedoms and the integrity of academic programs.”

The association has posted a series of FAQs on its negotiations website at mafanegotiations.ca to address specific student questions and concerns. The website also has additional information about the main issues under negotiation.

The next negotiating session will be held on Friday.

In an emailed statement, the university said it’s disappointed in the development. However, it remains committed to working to achieve a negotiated settlement that maintains the high-quality student experience in a sustainable way.

Organizations: Mount Allison University, Mount Allison Faculty Association

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